Philosophy of Language (V5021)
15 credits, Level 5
In this module, you focus on the nature of language in general and the meaning of particular kinds of expression.
You look at influential works of the analytic tradition by Frege, Russell, Quine, Grice, Kripke, Putnam and Davidson.
You consider the meaning of words, for example:
- whether we should distinguish between sense or cognitive significance and reference
- how we manage to refer to things
- how to make sense of claims about necessity and about what people think
- how names and naturalkind terms work
- how we might respond to scepticism about meaning.
Teaching and assessment
We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.
Contact hours and workload
This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.
This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.